Attorney General sues to block new EPA regulation
BATON ROUGE - Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell announced Thursday that he is suing the Environmental Protection Agency to prevent the federal government from implementing new standards that his office says would effectively prohibit construction of new, coal-fired power plants.
Attorney General Caldwell, along with the State Department of Environmental Quality and 23 states are claiming that the EPA has exceeded its authority granted by a section of the Clean Air Act. They say the bill could create emissions standards that could jeopardize the state’s energy needs and threaten jobs in Louisiana and across the country.
The AG’s Office says the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) established by the EPA rely upon experimental technology that is extremely expensive and unproven on a commercial scale in the United States.
“Overreaching federal bureaucrats have once again tried to burden Louisiana and states across the country with an illegal regulation that will harm our economy,” Attorney General Caldwell said. “This is an irresponsible and ill-advised effort from Washington to tell states how to manage their energy resources.”
Caldwell’s lawsuit is one of several currently filed against the EPA, which in recent months has implemented an emissions policy that many find unfair. The EPA has also tried to force strict new Clean Water Act regulations on private owners through a “Waters of the United States” rule that some landowners are also calling unfair.
Caldwell’s lawsuit also challenges the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan.”